The 2017 NFL season begins in September. Similar to all other seasons in the past, every American sports fan is in high anticipation, not only because Super Bowl LI champs New England Patriots will start things off against the Kansas City Chiefs, but also because there is a lot of excitement over the new crop of players who came in after the recently concluded NFL Draft. But the games alone aren’t the only thing making everyone excited since there are millions waiting for fantasy football, NFL free picks, and of course, those who rely on getting insider information on early betting odds.
While it is common to read previews of the teams who might be contenders for this season, it’s probably great to change things up a bit by talking about the players to watch instead.
1 – Robert Griffin III
The former Cleveland Browns QB is currently a free agent after the team cut him last March. Although recently cut, it does not mean that he’s done. The 2011 Heisman trophy recipient still remains to be one of the quickest quarterbacks in the league and there is very little doubt he’ll sign up with a new team soon.
2 – Matt Ryan
Every NFL fan would agree that Ryan is one of the most popular players in the league these days. But then again, a huge chunk of that popularity is because of his team, the Atlanta Falcons’ epic choke against the reigning champs in the most recent Super Bowl. But if you’re to look at Ryan’s setback last season, it might very well be the reason why everyone should give him a closer look this season since he’ll return a hungrier and more desperate quarterback for one of the NFL’s best teams.
3 – Michael Thomas
The wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints played remarkably last season, totaling 92 catches and 1,137 yards, which in turn produces enough intrigue as to how he can sustain the momentum in the new season. The Saints look to improve their offense in the new season and that right there is an indication that Thomas will be filling in a bigger role. The Ohio State University star had a promising NFL rookie season with the Saints when he broke franchise records for a rookie in several areas, including receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions.
4 – Blake Bortles
The 25-year old has a lot of making up to do after a mediocre season last year. If there’s one good thing going for Bortles, it’s the fact that the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft is well-liked by management and the fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars; but he should be paying it with more maturity in accepting his leadership responsibilities for the team.